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Carolina [Kindle Edition]

Heather Matthews
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Carolina is a sweeping, epic romance...it tells the story of Carolina Evans, a young woman from Maine who is cursed with a tortured past and an uncertain future. After becoming pregnant as a teenager and being abandoned by her boyfriend, Daniel, Carrie is sent to a relative in Tennessee...to have her child and give it up for adoption.

Once in Memphis, Carrie rebels, deciding to keep her child and defy her religious family. Many struggles await the young woman as she tries to build a new life. Poverty, depression, and a terrible marriage are the price she must pay to keep her baby...in time, Carrie discovers she has a unique gift - a voice from God. As a child, she was too neglected to discover the beauty of her own singing voice...noone knew...

Her new Memphis friends hear her sing and they are dumbstruck by the beautiful, dark-haired Carrie's perfect voice. They arrange for her to compete in a new Country Queen competition, sponsored by a huge record company in Memphis. Once Carrie agrees to compete, she is thrown into a glamorous whirlwind; at the center of the storm is the smoldering Jacob Goldman, CEO of Spur Records International. Once the two meet, sparks fly, and Carrie's world changes forever...but Carrie isn't sure she's ready to trust again...


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I couldn't put it down! --Denise Greco, Independant Reviewer

About the Author

Heather lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, where she works as a full-time freelance writer. She loves being a wife to her husband, Brett, and a devoted Mom to her son, Jeremy. Heather writes for glossy magazines such as Canadian Living, and she also contributes content to websites all over the world. Heather has written a second novel, Below The Sapphire Sea, and it will be available through Cacoethes fall 2009. Heather loves literature, art, cooking, and traveling.

Product Details

  • File Size: 474 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Cacoethes Publishing House LLC; Kindle Edition edition (April 5, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003FMV4ZU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,210 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carolina August 21, 2010
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The book present a very good story in addition to an excellent cast and selection of characters. Now the main issue I had with this book is that gave me more the impression of a movie script, there is very little conversation between the characters and Carolina and Jacob meet each other almost at the end of the story. I found the end also extremely rushed and unrealistic; the author spent so much time describing the life and thinking of family and friends not really essential to the major sub-plot and then in 3 pages Carolina and Jacob are proclaiming their mutual love to the world. Anyway, I truly think this author has the talent to write a good story and I'm sure that many readers will enjoy "Carolina".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful!! March 27, 2012
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I downloaded this book from the Amazon site for free... just another in a long line of so-so books, I thought. I was truly surprised at the depth of this novel. The characters are well drawn, with the good and bad in each that make them feel real. The story is tough, but compelling. We follow Caroline from her youth as she faces hardship and tragedy to finally be the woman she was destined to become. The separate lines are woven together in an interesting and believable patchwork. Even though you see the final result coming for several chapters, the trip is more than the destination. I definitely recommend this book!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Day with Carolina July 27, 2009
Format:Paperback
Carolina was surprising to me. I wasn't surprised at the quality of the writing because I have seen Heather Matthew's work before, but I was surprised that I could be so enthralled with the book that I would read it over the course of one day.

As other reveiwers have noted the book follows two very different human lives leaving you to guess at how they will become intertwined. It read like a modern day Cinderella story but to simplify it into such a confined space would be wrong. It is so much more than that.

Mrs. Matthews gives such a rich and intricate tapestry about each character, not only the main characters, you can't help be feel sympathy, heartbreak, compassion and a dozen other emotions for them.

Buy the book and be sure to have a few hours to read once you start. You will find Caroline (Carolina) intriguing and her life uplifting at the same time.

Congratulations, Heather Matthews. I look forward to your next novel!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful June 11, 2010
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This is one of the best books I have purchased for my Kindle! A page turner right from the very beginning! My heart went out to Carrie for all she went through. The $2.99 price tag is a bargain for this book! You will love it! Found it thanks to the Amazon Kindle Facebook page that I frequent. I would have never found it if it weren't for that. Give these indie authors a change folks, I had my mind changed with this one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book, lacks focus, romance is side story March 21, 2012
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I think this book has potential but the author lacked focus. She tried to tell too many people's stories at once and it wasn't necessary. So much time is spent telling not only Carolina's story but every single person she comes into contact with AND the entire adult life of the person she eventually falls in love with AND everyone he ever knew. I was interested in Carolina's story but found myself flipping through page after page of these other people's stories. I felt it detracted from the novel. In fact, it was hours into the book before the two main characters even meet. And now, after all of this waiting to hear about their "romance" the author really spends very little time developing it. It's like they magically fall in love and know they are meant to be. I don't think this book should even be listed under the "Romance" category of fiction. It truly is more of a story of life and romance happens to be a small element.

I can't quite bring myself to give this story a 3 star review. Especially after seeing how many books that are far worse walk away with 5 star reviews. I think if the author went back in and edited herself this could be a riveting novel. The main character somehow maintains her love of others and her sweetness through some of lifes worst events. This is a story of someone overcoming adversity in their life, complete heartbreak on many levels, and staying true to being a good person. I think it's a story that needs to be told and I hope the author will tweak it a bit. It has a lot of promise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Carolina September 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great book. You read a great story that is very detailed and draws you in. And then it's like the author said "Oh no, I have to finish this book RIGHT NOW". More seems to happen and you miss out on it because in the last 5 pages everyone falls madly in love and becomes a famous star and is married and anything else you can think possibly think of. It seemed to rushed at the end!! Was there a dead line, did you run out of paper, did you decide you didn't want to be an author anymore? Why did it end that way?
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great read February 13, 2011
By joanne
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This book was so good,it made you laugh and cry.I felt like i was with caroline through the book. The ending was a suprise!! I would recomend this book for you to enjoy!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Love Story June 23, 2009
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I love Carolina! In a jaded and cynical world it just lifts my spirits. The characters are all unique, believable and very well drawn - I feel that I really got to know each one of them. Some were successful in pulling themselves out of rather sad circumstances, and others were not. Talent, charisma, passion, drive, hard work and luck were some of the elements that made the difference; as were the intangible and too often unrewarded qualities of goodness, truthfulness and generosity. The novel moved along very well as the author adroitly zigzagged from character to character, never outstaying her welcome with any one of them. Her technique kept suspense building as she slowly revealed their inner secrets, longings, and regrets. The settings and locales were richly defined and ran the gamut from drab and depressing to glamourous and glitzy. Threads of the complex storyline were expertly interwoven, and I look forward to reading upcoming books from Heather Matthews. Carolina is, at its core, a positive book that really illustrates how individuals can persevere through even the most heartbreaking circumstances. Its harsh and sad elements are beautifully offset by an intrinsic optimism and sweetness, refreshingly devoid of 'attitiude'. It is a lovely little love story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
I took some time to ponder the review due to frustration with the writing style and just didn't want to leave a bad review without some constructive criticism. Read more
Published 17 months ago by MomofTwoDaughters
2.0 out of 5 stars ok book......
There is so much happening in the story with the main characters.The hero and heroine do not meet until 80% of the book. It is not a love story. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sindi
3.0 out of 5 stars Did not download
I can not rate this good or bad due to I didnt download it my daughter did so and I did not read it. In order to remove the review from list I have to say something.
Published 20 months ago by Juliette Price
3.0 out of 5 stars Like a Made for TV Movie Script
This seemed to be more of a made for TV movie script than a book. I felt a lot of sympathy for the main character...then came the fairy tale ending. It was a little cheesy. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Southern Grits
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall Good Read
More like 3.5 stars, but I'll round up.

This was a pretty good book, but had many ups and downs for me. Read more
Published on August 6, 2012 by Rachel Lynn
3.0 out of 5 stars okay read, but slow in parts
The story was okay but had a lot of slow parts and seemed choppy in story line. If the story is about caroline , it should have been mostly about her. Read more
Published on July 16, 2012 by Loribelle
1.0 out of 5 stars Glad I Didn't Pay For It!!
This one was a stinker! The characters were undeveloped; the plot flimsy and predictable with too much narrative. Read more
Published on June 1, 2012 by Ms. B
4.0 out of 5 stars It pulled every ounce of emotion from me....
....from beginning to end. Caroline's life was a jumble of decisions she shouldn't have had to make. Read more
Published on May 13, 2012 by Mona Leigh
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but confusing
I really enjoyed the book and liked the plot. My biggest complaint, the grammatical errors. I'm huge on spelling and punctuation and it almost drove me insane. Read more
Published on May 7, 2012 by cday2798
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More About the Author

Heather Matthews is an author and freelance writer based in Vancouver, Canada. Heather's first novel, Carolina (contemporary romance) is now available at The Kindle Store.
Heather's new fantasy novel, The Secret Of The Emerald Sea, is now available in Kindle and print versions at Amazon.
Heather has also written for Canadian Living Magazine, West Coast Families Magazine, and popular websites, such as TopTenz.net.


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